This is a long-awaited and authoritative reinterpretation of the early life and career of arguably the greatest artist in history. Author John T. Spike surveys Michelangelo's early life from birth to his early thirties, probing the thinking, artistic evolution and yearnings of a young man thoroughly convinced of his own exceptional talent. Spike explores Michelangelo's involvement in the most troubling controversies of his age, and recreates Florence and Rome with vivid sketches of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Leonardo, Julius II and Machiavelli. This is a prodigiously informative and compelling account that will fulfil the need for a major Michelangelo biography for this generation and many to come.
John T. Spike is a noted art historian, author and lecturer, specializing in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. He is also an important critic of contemporary art and directed the Biennial of Florence. In 2007, Spike was named to the faculty of the Masters in Sacred Art History, organized by the European University of Rome and the Pontifical Athenaeum, 'Regina Apostolorum.' In 2010 Spike was engaged by the Council of Europe as an expert in Cultural Heritage. Spike is also the Author of the critically acclaimed Caravaggio. He lives in Florence.